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Following last year's successful The Haunted Air , F. Paul Wilson returns with another riveting episode in the saga of Repairman Jack, the secretive, ingenious, and heroic champion of those whose problems no one else can solve. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventures are hugely entertaining."

In Gateways , Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a car accident in Florida. They've been on the outs, but this is his dad, so he heads south. In the hospital he meets Anya, one of his father's neighbors. She's a weird old duck who seems to know an awful lot about his father, and even a lot about Jack.

Jack's arrival does not go unnoticed. A young woman named Semelee, who has strange talents and lives in an isolated area of the Everglades with a group of misshapen men, feels his presence. She senses that he's "special," like her.

Anya takes Jack back to Dad's senior community, Gateways South, which borders on the Everglades. Florida is going through an unusual drought. There's a ban on watering; everything is brown and wilting, but Anya's lawn is a deep green.

Who is Anya? Who is Semelee, and what is her connection to the recent strange deaths of Gateways residents-killed by birds, spiders, and snakes-during the past year? And what are the "lights" Jack keeps hearing about-? Lights that emanate twice a year from a sinkhole deep in the Everglades . . . lights from another place, another reality.

If he is to protect his father from becoming the next fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack must answer, secrets he must uncover. Secrets . . . Jack has plenty of his own, and along the way he learns that even his father has secrets.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2003.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765306906
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jun 08, 2013

I picked this book up because the author is included in a list of action/ thriller writers. I also wanted to jump into a new series about the same character. Sorry, but I did not like it. The plotting was good, and I liked many of the technical details about overnight shipping outside Fed Ex channels (!), and I also liked the Florida Everglades local color, but I'm not a fan of supernatural influences. They take away from the plotting, which is strong enough to stand on its own, and they completely destroy any human character development. I noticed that F. Paul Wilson has written several different series, so maybe I will try a different one to see if it is free of outside influences !

Jul 23, 2012

I liked it a lot. I liked how Wilson slowly is pulling all the different sub-plots together. I don't know what the end result will be but it's fun to see him add links between previously unrelated characters and events. Fun read, lots of action, and we get to learn a bit more about "Jack"


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